The onset of Winter is going to blaze as hot as the summer months if I can lay any predictions down and while I am not looking ahead into the Farmer’s Almanac for such information, I am instead referring to the press release that only moments ago hit my Metal Media Mailbox regarding Slayer’s 2014 Fall tour. The run will find these titans of Metal joined by both the Suicidal Tendencies and Exodus and you can check out the Official Press Release below the poster.
The Press Release:
LOS ANGELES, CA – Monday, June 23, 2014 – When Slayer, Suicidal Tendencies and Exodus played a handful of dates together this past May, every date was sold out and fans experienced a night of some of the best metal on the planet. With reviews like “the best show in years that I’ve been blessed to witness,” “a metalhead’s dream come true,” and “…an onslaught of heart-pounding tunes during an evening full of awesome head banging action,” how could this trinity of thrash legends not join up again for a full-on road trip? So, with Scion proudly presenting, Slayer – Kerry King/guitars, Tom Araya/bass’vocals, drummer Paul Bostaph and guitarist Gary Holt – with special guests Suicidal Tendencies and Exodus, will hit the road this fall, kicking off November 12 in Oakland, CA, playing through to December. 5 in Detroit, MI. The confirmed itinerary is below.
Slayer fan club members are invited to take advantage of a ticket pre-sale that will begin this Wednesday, June 25 at 10AM (local time) and ends on Thursday, June 26 at 5:00PM (local time). Fan club members will receive an email with instructions for ticket purchasing. Tickets go on sale to the public this Friday, June 27 at 10:00AM (local time) – log onto www.slayer.net for all ticket purchasing details. Said Slayer’s Tom Araya, “We are way fucking excited about hitting the road again with Suicidal and Exodus. Fucking intense. See you in the fall.” Added Mike Muir, Suicidal Tendencies’ vocalist, “Slayer, Suicidal Tendencies and Exodus, for only six shows? They were a blast, but everyone knew that wouldn’t be enough. Now’s your chance to see what everyone else was screaming about. ST definitely can’t wait ’til November to do it all again!” “This monumental tour is a heavy metal collision of epic proportions,” added Exodus vocalist Steve ‘Zetro’ Souza who has just rejoined the band. “For my first tour back with Exodus, I’m beyond excited to be on the road with my brothers in true thrash metal! I’m also looking forward to meeting and hanging out with all of the fans on this heavy as hell tour.”
Below are the tour dates that have officially been confirmed and I remain hopeful that more will be coming soon since so many fans love to get out there to support Slayer on the stage. The additions of Suicidal and Exodus are bound to raise the Metal bar just a little higher as well. Get your Day Planners out Metalheads, there is a show that you will need to be at coming at you as Fall closes up shop for the Winter.
11/12: Fox Theatre, Oakland, CA
11/14: The Forum, Los Angeles, CA
11/15: Comercia Theatre, Phoenix, AZ
11/17: Bricktown Events Center, Oklahoma City, OK
11/18: ACL Live, Austin, TX
11/19: Verizon Theatre, Dallas, TX
11/21: Hard Rock Live, Orlando, FL
11/22: The Tabernacle, Atlanta, GA
11/23: The Fillmore, Charlotte, NC
11/25: The Armory, Albany, NY
11/26: Sands Events Center, Bethlehem, PA
11/28: The Palladium, Worcester, MA
11/29: Wellmont Theatre, Montclair, NJ
11/30: Tower Theatre, Philadelphia, PA
12/2: Agora Theatre, Cleveland, OH
12/4: Egyptian Room, Indianapolis, IN
12/5: The Fillmore, Detroit, MI
As of this writing there does NOT appear to be any NYC dates but I hope that will change. If it does I will append this list to reflect them and surely make a plan to be at the show with camera and pencil in hand (and when I say pencil I actually mean Smart Phone ) Now just in case you have just awoken from a deep sleep or recently arrived our planet, the press copy also provided us with a nice synopsis about each band. I have added that to this post for your edification.
ABOUT SLAYER: The Chicago Tribune’s Greg Kot wrote that the five-time-nominated, two-time Grammy winning Slayer is “one of the great American rock bands of the last 30 years, forget about genre.” Their membership in “The Big Four” – Metallica, Slayer, Megadeth and Anthrax – the four bands that defined the thrash/metal genre – secures their place in music history. Indeed, few bands come close to matching the intensity that Slayer brings to its live shows, having been named “Best Live Band” by numerous media outlets including Revolver, SPIN, and Metal Hammer. With songs that mirror the turmoil and aberrations of our society – God’s terrifying global genocide, the chaos of our broken political system, chemical warfare, the hideous minds of serial killers, and the way-too-close proximity of world horrors that technology has brought us, Slayer remains crushing and brutal, steadfastly refusing to cater to the Mainstream. Slayer’s founding member, guitarist Jeff Hanneman passed in 2013, and Exodus guitarist Gary Holt has been filling in since. Paul Bostaph, Slayer’s drummer from 1992 to 2001, rejoined the band on a full-time basis in 2013. Slayer recently formed its own label imprint that will be distributed worldwide through Nuclear Blast, and plans to release a new album in early 2015.
ABOUT SUICIDAL TENDENCIES: In 1982, before Suicidal Tendencies had ever released any music, readers of the legendary Flipside fanzine voted ST “Worst band and Biggest Assholes.” When ST released its self titled album a year later, they took out a full page ad thanking everyone that voted for them and in bold letters said, “You’ll be sorry!” The next year Flipside put ST on the cover with the print, “Love them or hate them, they are not going away,” after readers voted them “Best Band, Best new Band and Best record.” Over the years, many controversies have surrounded the band, including being banned from playing their hometown of LA, and Tipper Gore from the PMRC trying attack the band.
To this day, whether it’s a skater, punk, metalhead, thrasher, alternative, crossover, you’ll see the ST flip hats and shirts all around the world with ST festivals as far away as Indonesia and South Korea, and touring many major festivals in Europe, South America and Asia.
Thirty years later, after several gold records and Grammy nominations, and world wide touring, ST is still loved and hated….and they don’t give a f**k. As lead singer Mike Muir said, “We’re not hear to play what you like, we’re hear to play what we like, hopefully you’ll like it as much as we do, but Suicidal is not for everyone, so if you don’t, we ain’t losing any sleep over it.” Now in 2014, Suicidal is still not going way, as the classic ST song say, “You can’t bring me down”!
ABOUT EXODUS: With a career spanning 34 years, EXODUS have not only helped shape and define the thrash metal genre for over three decades, but continually seek to raise its standards. One of the forefathers of the Bay Area scene that became known and envied throughout the world, the band’s 1985 debut album, Bonded By Blood, has since become a legacy album featuring mandatory live staples such as “Strike Of The Beast,” “A Lesson In Violence,” and the album’s title track. Formed in 1980, the band’s original members included Tom Hunting on drums, Kirk Hammett (Metallica), Tim Agnello on guitars, and Carlton Melson on bass. With a line-up that has evolved throughout the years, the current incarnation of EXODUS charges into the future with returning frontman Steve “Zetro” Zousa on vocals, Gary Holt and Lee Altus on guitars, Tom Hunting on drums, and Jack Gibson on bass. In 2014, EXODUS closed the first half of the year with stellar performances at Kirk Hammett’s Fear FestEvil and Rock On The Range, as well as a groundbreaking tour with fellow thrash legendsSlayer and Suicidal Tendencies. To date, EXODUS has released ten studio albums, two live albums, and one compilation. Their most recent release, Exhibit B: The Human Condition, debuted within the Billboard Top 200 Albums chart in 2010. EXODUS will release a new Andy Sneap-produced full-length album in Fall 2014 via Nuclear Blast.
Here’s some music for you to add to your collection if you have not done that already. There is new material coming from each band so do watch out for that stuff while enjoying some classics.